“Heimweh Funicular” by Adam Day

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Heimweh Funicular

It was not
the socialism

we dreamed of:
principled but allowing

for private
bourgeois niceties,

rebuilding a rare
Hispano-Suiza,

ejecting a joke
against the state,

staging an exhibition
above a hosiery

shop, amassing
polite glass

sculptures or time
in the presence

of another’s
musical giftedness,

avoiding the over
presence of the proletarian,

acceptance of a pleasant
under-investment

in the political. These
were the orchestral

aspects of life
to which the citizen

devoted her most
painstaking labor,

though
the public

would scarcely
hear them.

***

Adam Day is the recipient of a 2010 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and is also the recipient of a 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in the Boston Review, Guernica, AGNI, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, APR, and elsewhere. He coordinates The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia, and is an editor for the literary and comics journal, Catch Up. He is currently writer-in-residence at Earlham College.